16 Day Scotland & Ireland - Monday Departure

16 Day Scotland & Ireland - Monday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Scotland
Depart for Scotland

DAY 2, Tueday - Arrive in Edinburgh
Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland's regal capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in this delightful city with its exquisite Georgian and Victorian architecture and winding medieval streets. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 6 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Edinburgh City Tour
This morning, join a local guide for a city tour of historic Edinburgh. The route will take you past the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace, the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, and Princes Street. Also included is a visit to Edinburgh Castle, where you can see The Crown Room, Royal Palace, St. Margaret's Chapel, and much more! The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of traditional Scottish entertainment that includes dinner
Optional: Scottish Dinner & Show (PM)
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - St Andrews, Scone Palace, Whisky Tasting
The day begins with a drive to St Andrews where Prince William attended the University -- a place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort and the world's home of golf. Then, a visit to stately Scone Palace, the family home of the Earls of Mansfield, the ancient residence of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce, and Charles II were once crowned. The palace also houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artifacts. After time to stroll in the colorful gardens, you’re off to a whisky distillery to learn more about the art of Scotch whisky making and savor tastings of the different varieties. Afterward, travel through mountainous Cairngorms National Park to Aviemore, a resort surrounded by magnificent scenery
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, Museum of the Isles
Stunning landscapes surround you as you journey further into the highlands. The panorama of Loch Ness unfolds before you - one of the most storied sites in all of Scotland, home of the fabled Loch Ness monster. Keep your eyes open for Nessie, the mysterious creature lives here! View the striking ruins of grand Urquhart Castle before passing the romantic 13th century Eilean Donan Castle perched at the center of three Scottish Lochs. Cross over the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye, a 50-mile long fusion of velvety moors and angular mountains. Visit the fascinating Museum of the Isles on a 20,000-acre estate; hear about the Highland history and explore the historic gardens and trails at the Clan Donald Center. Return via Lochcarron and Inverness to Aviemore. Dinner at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Glasgow
Head south this morning to a magical region steeped in legend, folklore, and history. The journey takes you past Ben Nevis, Scotland's mighty mountain and the Glencoe area with its glimmering lakes and sheltered forests. Arrive on the "bonnie banks" of Loch Lomond, immortalized in song, the largest freshwater lake in the United Kingdom. A delightful cruise around the lake offers vistas of pretty villages, tranquil scenery and the Trossachs, Scotland's first National Park, an area commemorated in the writings of poet Sir Walter Scott. In the late afternoon, travel to the sophisticated city of Glasgow. Evening at leisure to get acquainted with this dynamic city’s stylish restaurants and clubs with live music
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Glasgow City Tour
The exploration of Glasgow begins at George Square, named after King George III, boasting an impressive collection of statues and monuments, including those dedicated to Robert Burns, James Watt, Sir Robert Peel and Sir Walter Scott. On to imposing Glasgow Cathedral, a splendid example of 12th century Gothic architecture, dedicated to St. Mungo, the patron saint of the city. On your drive, view fine Victorian buildings, made with local red sandstone, and the regenerated area around The Clyde, world-famous for its shipbuilding industry, birthplace of the Queen Mary and countless other ocean liners. Afternoon at leisure or join the optional Stirling Castle and the Bannockburn Monument. Visit historic Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Next continue south of Stirling to the site of the Battle of Bannockburn
Optional: Historic Stirling Castle with Bannockburn Monument (PM)
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Ferry to the "Emerald Isle," Belfast, Titanic Experience Museum
Heading south, ferry across the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle, arriving in Belfast, one of Europe's true renaissance cities. You’ll see beautifully restored historic buildings, European-style cafes, and streets lined with vibrant murals. Its location on calm waters has made it ideal for shipbuilding -- the most famous vessel christened here was the Titanic. Tour the Titanic Experience, a fascinating nine gallery museum with multiple dimensional displays, special effects, reconstructions and interactive features that explores the tale of the ill-fated ship. Then, drive by a neighborhood in West Belfast where buildings are still scarred from the days of "The Troubles," which ended with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and continue past the university district, the Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum. Dinner together in Belfast
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Giant's Causeway, Derry
Local legend and romantic lore make visiting Ireland especially unique. At the Giant’s Causeway, you hear the "tale" of Finn McCool, the giant said to have created this geological wonder so he could walk to Scotland to confront another giant. Today, a massive floor of 38,000 hexagonal stones stretches into the sea. Continue on a scenic drive of the Antrim coast stopping in the pretty city of Derry (also known as Londonderry) with its rich history and compelling glimpses of Northern Ireland’s past and present. Travel around the medieval walls, among the best-preserved fortifications in the Western World, view the Guildhall, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and the St. Columb's Cathedral. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel. Later, view the Bogside district and the symbolic Peace Bridge before settling in at your hotel in Derry
Overnight: Derry
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Belleek Pottery, Sligo, Knock, Galway
A tour of the celebrated Belleek Pottery factory introduces you to magnificent creations of porcelain, shaped into thin iridescent keepsakes. On to Sligo, with its inspirational natural beauty, home to a young William Butler Yeats; pause at his grave site in Drumcliff. Continue to the town of Knock in County Mayo where it is believed that the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared in 1879. Visit the Shrine in this tiny village that hosts over a million pilgrims each year. Finally, arrive in Galway, a seafaring town that now has become one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel. Later, opt to stroll along the main streets of the city with their brightly painted pubs and lively bohemian atmosphere
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Connemara Excursion
Today's excursion transports you to the verdant green Irish countryside. Traveling west, stop in the coastal town of Clifden, on your route to Connemara National Park, a wonderland of scenic mountains, with expanses of lush grasslands and woodlands, part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate. Here visit the striking lakeside abbey, set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop. Once a castle, Kylemore is steeped in history and is now home to Ireland's only community of Benedictine nuns. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the Abbey's restored rooms and, time permitting, stroll through the magical Victorian walled garden. The Tea House is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views over Connemara National Park. Return to Galway for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Killarney
The day begins with a drive from Galway Bay through the desolate rugged plateau known as "The Burren" with its moon-like geological formations. View the dramatic Cliffs of Moher,* an impressive wall of rock towering 700 feet over the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean. It's surely one of the most spectacular meetings of land and water you're likely to see! Next, a visit to Bunratty Castle, the most authentic medieval fortress in Ireland, restored to its former splendor. Drive through the picturesque village of Adare with its thatched roof houses to scenic Killarney in County Kerry, with its soaring mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and spectacular rugged coastline. Tonight, experience the optional Gaelic Roots Live Show,** an exciting Irish show which brings together all that is great about the culture and traditions of Ireland *For Jun 30 departure, itinerary may be altered due to local events**Available for Apr- mid Oct 2019 departures only
Optional: Gaelic Roots Live Show (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Saturday - Ring of Kerry Tour
A breathtaking day of magnificent vistas awaits you as you drive through Killarney National Park and the renowned "Ring of Kerry" around the island’s southwestern tip. Keep your cameras ready for the sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and breathtaking panoramas of the Lakes of Killarney. Return to Killarney in the afternoon to enjoy some leisure time. Perhaps later, choose to take the optional fun-filled horse-drawn Jaunting Car Ride (pony and open carriage) through the national park within the traditional fashion as the jarvey (driver) takes you through parts of the peaceful green countryside with glorious vistas. Tonight, dinner at you hotel
Optional: Jaunting Cars (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - County Cork, Blarney Castle, Dublin
Morning drive through the scenic south of Ireland into enchanting County Cork for a visit to storied 15th century Blarney Castle - you’ll have an opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, promising you the "gift of gab." Free time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving to energetic Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in Europe. Upon arrival, see the city’s contrasting architecture -- from modern "Celtic Tiger" hi-tech business districts to grand neoclassical facades, accented by lovely views of the River Liffey. Tonight, get acquainted with this friendly city on your own. Stroll leisurely along Temple Bar with its charming narrow cobbled streets, fabulous restaurants and cozy pubs on every corner where you can sample some of the local brews
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Monday - Dublin City Tour
A full day to discover spirited Dublin with its thousand year history, immortalized by James Joyce. Visit Phoenix Park, one of Europe's largest walled city parks, home to the official residence of the President and the Dublin Zoo. Next visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, the National Cathedral of Ireland founded in 1191. On O'Connell Street, admire the handsome buildings that line the city's main thoroughfare. During your afternoon at leisure, spend time independently discovering famous sites throughout the city, including Dublin Castle, the National Gallery, or visit Trinity College to see the celebrated Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript created in the year 800 by Celtic monks. Be sure to stop for a pint in a local pub where you can meet some of the friendliest people in Europe! It’s your last day on the Emerald Isle! Tonight, bid a fond farewell to Dublin and your new friends at a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Tuesday - Depart Ireland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Edinburgh, Dublin-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea
  • 14 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Edinburgh
  • 2 nights Aviemore
  • 2 nights Glasgow
  • 1 night Belfast
  • 1 night Derry
  • 2 nights Galway
  • 2 nights Killarney
  • 2 nights Dublin
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • View the Scottish Crown Jewels at Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city
  • Visit stately Scone Palace, ancient residence of Scottish kings where Charles II was crowned
  • At a Whisky Distillery, learn the art of Scotch whisky making and enjoy a tasting
  • Travel to Loch Ness, one of Scotland’s most storied sites, home of the Loch Ness monster
  • Cruise on the "bonnie banks" of Loch Lomond, with gorgeous vistas of tranquil scenery
  • Explore Glasgow's George Square with its impressive collection of statues and monuments
  • Ferry to Belfast, one of Europe's true Renaissance cities
  • Tour the interactive Titanic Experience Museum that reveals the story of the ill-fated ship
  • Visit the celebrated Belleek Pottery factory to view its magnificent porcelain creations
  • Excursion to Connemara National Park, a wonderland of scenic mountains and grasslands
  • Discover Galway, a seafaring town, now one of the fastest growing cities in Europe
  • View the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock towering over the Atlantic Ocean
  • A breathtaking day of magnificent vistas as you drive around the renowned "Ring of Kerry"
  • At Blarney Castle, kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, promising you the "gift of gab"
  • Enjoy spirited Dublin, with its thousand year history, immortalized by James Joyce
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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    Hilton Glasgow and Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, triple rooms will be accommodated as a twin and a single room

    Apr 27 departure will be accommodated at Inishowen Gateway Hotel in County Donegal

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    Accommodations

    Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance to Edinburgh Castle.

    Hilton Coylumbridge
    This first class hotel is situated in Cairngorms National Park.

    Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
    This first class hotel is located a short ride away from the Aviemore railway station.

    Hilton Glasgow
    This deluxe hotel is located in central Glasgow in the heart of the financial district.

    Clayton Belfast
    This first class hotel is located in the city center of Belfast.

    Maldron Hotel Derry
    This first class hotel is centrally located within the historic city walls of Derry.

    Inishowen Gateway Hotel
    This tourist class hotel overlooks Lough Swilly.

    Ardilaun Hotel
    This first class hotel is ideally located on beautiful landscaped grounds just 1 mile from the Galway City Centre and the Galway Bay at Salthill.

    Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Killarney.

    The Gibson Hotel
    This first class hotel is located across from Dublin's 3Arena, with views of Dublin Port.

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